Historian and author Robert C. Cottrell is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. Cottrell's latest book is All-American Rebellion: The American Left from the Wobblies to the Resistance.
In the book, Cottrell traces the rise and fall, ebb and flow of left-wing American movements, from an overview of early 20th century movements through the 1960s to today's Trump-inspired resistance -- from women's suffrage to civil rights, to the environment, to the gay and lesbian liberation movement, and much more.
Cottrell has been Professor of History and American Studies at California State University, Chico, since 1984. His areas of specialization include American intellectual, political, and cultural history, with particular focus on reform and radicalism, and on popular culture.
Cottrell, who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, lived in Austin for several years and participated in the anti-war movement and draft counseling, and sold The Rag on the street. Bob also joined us on Rag Radio in 2018 when we discussed two earlier books, 1968: The Rise and Fall of the New American Revolution and Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll: The Rise of America's 1960s Counterculture.
Photo above: Robert Cottrell on Rag Radio at the KOOP studios May 24, 2019. Photo by Roger Baker / Rag Radio.
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